Pediatric Cancer Patient Raises Funds to Help Encourage Children Fighting Cancer

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The NEGU Foundation reports that it’s 1st Annual NEGU Golf Classic, presented by Clarient, was a huge success. The tournament, held on September 12, 2011, raised funds to increase awareness and provide encouragement for kids fighting pediatric cancer.

Golfer’s from across Orange County and Southern California were greeted at Marbella Country Club, located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, by countless NEGU volunteers referred to as TEAM NEGU. Upon arriving, each golfer received a JoyJars™ filled with items ranging from a golf shirt provided by Oakley, to golf balls provided by Wilson, and of course a NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) bracelet.

“JoyJars™ are one way The NEGU Foundation helps encourage courageous kids”, explains NEGU president and founder, Erik Rees. “We fill JoyJars™ with toys and fun items and deliver them to children who are hospitalized and fighting cancer.” According to Rees, JoyJars™ were inspired by his daughter Jessie. Jessie is 12 and was diagnosed on March 3, 2011 with an inoperable brain tumor. While undergoing radiation and chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC), Jessie made it known that her wish is to send a JoyJars™ to every kid in America who is fighting cancer – all 10,000+ of them! “I’m so proud of my daughter,” says Erik. “In the midst of such a life-challenging event she’s choosing to be better, not bitter.” Jessie’s actions are certainly making an impact. Her Facebook page ( alone has close to 17,000 people following what is quickly becoming a national story.

The tournament, which was conceptualized just three months ago, quickly sold-out and had 200 people attending the evening’s silent auction, dinner and fashion show. ”We were proud to be a part of the 1st Annual NEGU Golf Classic,” said Ron Andrews, CEO of Clarient, a GE Healthcare Company. “It’s not often you get to be a part of such a well-organized and special event benefitting such a great cause.” Additional sponsors of the tournament included companies such as UPS and Zodiac. Golfers were treated to lunch by Boneheads prior to the shotgun start. On-course they enjoyed a mid-afternoon snack provided by Chick-Fil-A.

“We’re truly blessed by the amount of support and generosity we’ve received,” comments Rees. “We’re looking forward to many more events and the opportunity to encourage thousands of kids fighting cancer. We’re just getting started!”

About the NEGU Foundation:
Founded in March, 2011, The NEGU Foundation was inspired by Jessie Rees. NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) is the motto and message of Jessie, a caring 12-year old girl who is fighting an inoperable brain tumor herself at CHOC. Jessie’s wish is to deliver the NEGU message to every kid fighting cancer in the United States so they can stay strong and Never Ever Give Up. The NEGU Foundation is all about “encourage-care” for patients and their parents so no one stands alone! The mission of the NEGU Foundation is Encouraging Courageous Kids.
All proceeds from the NEGU Golf Classic will be used to help the NEGU Foundation continue to provide hope and encouragement to children fighting pediatric cancer. Any businesses and individuals interested in making a donation to the NEGU Foundation can contact Rick Brotherton at 949-218-5566 or via email at rick(at)inegu(dot)org.
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